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What would banning Russia mean for the Winter Olympics?

What would banning Russia mean for the Winter Olympics?

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CLOSE SportsPulse: USA Today Sports' Rachel Axon discuss Russian doping in the Olympics and the coming decisions for Russia in Pyeongchang in 2018. USA TODAY SportsFILE - In this Feb. 7, 2014 file photo Alexander Zubkov of Russia carries the national flag as he leads the team during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. When the International Olympic Committee board prepares to vote Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 on whether to ban Russia from February’s Winter Olympics, its members will decide the fate of numerous medals yet to be won. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)(Photo: The Associated Press)MOSCOW (AP) — When the International Olympic Committee board prepares to vote Tuesday on whether to ban Russia from February's Winter Olympics, its members will decide
Honda hopes developers can help keep the LA Olympics moving

Honda hopes developers can help keep the LA Olympics moving

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If you've ever been to Los Angeles, you've been in traffic. It's such an integral part of the LA experience that the running joke is that the city is nothing more than a giant parking lot. But the sprawling metropolis is trying to do better. It's expanding its subway system with a new line and seven stations by 2023 while the light rail expansion will connect the Crenshaw district with LAX. Still, the freeways and surface streets are crowded with four-wheeled chunks of metal and glass. That's where 16 teams of developers, the city of LA and Honda come in.During the 2017 LA Auto Show, Honda Innovations put on a hackathon in conjunction with the city of Los Angeles, the show's organizers and partner Smartcar. The 24-plus-hour coding extravaganza asked developers to make The City of Angels...
CBS Slates Celebrity 'Big Brother' Against Winter Olympics, Sets 'Instinct' & 'Living Biblically' Premiere Dates

CBS Slates Celebrity 'Big Brother' Against Winter Olympics, Sets 'Instinct' & 'Living Biblically' Premiere Dates

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As expected when back in September CBS announced a first celebrity edition of Big Brother for the winter, the network is using the summer staple as counter programming to NBC’s 2018 Winter Olympics. In 2018, we may see the biggest ever push against the Olympics by other networks, who usually throw in the towel by switching to repeats during the top sporting event, with ABC also plotting an all-star edition of The Bachelor.CBS — which also has set post-Olympics premiere dates for new crime drama Instinct and comedy Living Biblically, the latter reverting to its original title from the most recent moniker By the Book  — is going all out with four nights a week of Big Brother airing against the Olympics, including a two-hour edition facing the opening ceremony on Feb. 9
CBS Will Air a Lot of 'Big Brother' During the Olympics

CBS Will Air a Lot of 'Big Brother' During the Olympics

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Let the counterprogramming begin! CBS is banking on at least a few Big Brother fans not being terribly excited about NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics. The network announced Friday that it's going to air the entire run of its upcoming "Celebrity" edition over just two weeks.The new Big Brother will premiere Feb. 7, just two days before the Opening Ceremony in PyeongChang, and will air for a whopping 13 nights before wrapping Feb. 25. Its a rare move for CBS, which has aired Big Brother exclusively in the summer for years.Big Brother won't be the only light reality show to go against the Olympics. ABC is also prepping a "Winter Games" edition of the Bachelor franchise.Another CBS reality show, The Amazing Race, will also get a winter run — albeit over a longer period, kicking off Ja
IOC and Paris 2024 begin co-construction of Olympic Games Paris 2024

IOC and Paris 2024 begin co-construction of Olympic Games Paris 2024

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Throughout a two-day orientation seminar, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Paris 2024 reinforced their commitment to organising the Olympic Games in a spirit of co-construction over the next seven years. “The IOC and Paris 2024 have already enjoyed a strong, collaborative relationship, which allowed for the realisation of innovative ideas such as the Tripartite Agreement,” said Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant. “In a continuation of that partnership, and in line with the objectives of Olympic Agenda 2020 and Games Management 2020, this seminar signalled the next step in ensuring Paris is fully supported on the journey to execute their Games vision and concept.” Throughout the candidature phase, Paris 2024 embraced key principles of Ol
What The 2024 Olympics Will And Won't Do For Paris

What The 2024 Olympics Will And Won't Do For Paris

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Photo via EPA Pool/Sebastien NogierYou already know what is worth celebrating about the Olympics. You may know this because the Olympics will not stop reminding you of them, but this does not mean they’re not real. The spirit of sportsmanship is not just a cliché for the telecast, and the games really do give women athletes, undervalued sports, and lesser-known nations valuable time in the global spotlight. But despite all this loud and proud egalitarianism, the games also shore up the power of the already powerful. The richest nations get the lion’s share of the medals, and most of the financial benefits are reaped by the IOC and the event’s corporate sponsors, who rake in revenue in ticket sales and concessions for events held in taxpayer-funded facilities. You’ll notice that the Game
NBC Brings Rebecca Lowe BackTo Olympics Team For PyeongChang 2018

NBC Brings Rebecca Lowe BackTo Olympics Team For PyeongChang 2018

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EXCLUSIVE:Rebecca Lowe is returning to the Olympics for NBC next year in South Korea. Heading into her third Olympics for the Comcast-owned network and her second Winter Games, the host of NBC Sports Network’s Premier League coverage will be handling daytime coverage from the International Broadcast Center for the PyeongChang based competition. “It’s going to be a complicated situation with the time difference but we’re going to get some really good athletes coming on,” Lowe says. “We’re going to have some top class sporting action.”As was announced in February, Mike Tirico will be fronting NBC’s primetime coverage, taking over from long time host Bob Costas. With 176 hours of the Olympics scheduled for NBC alone, out of 2,400 hours altogether, primetime coverage of the F
The NHL is not letting players compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics. These leagues are

The NHL is not letting players compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics. These leagues are

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The upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang will have a vastly different looking hockey tournament than years past. The NHL won’t have a presence at the Olympics games for the first time since 1994 after pulling its players from the event back in April. As such, players from other professional and amateur leagues around the world will make up most of the rosters of the 12 countries participating in 2018. While we won’t know the finalized rosters until January, almost every country participating in the Olympic hockey tournament is impacted by the NHL’s decision. Here’s a comprehensive — but subject to change — list of the leagues that will be allowing players will come from for the upcoming 2018 Olympics.The American Hockey LeagueThe AHL is a professional minor hockey league with th
Russia launches Olympic uniforms despite possible ban

Russia launches Olympic uniforms despite possible ban

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Russia has launched its athletes' uniform for the Winter Olympics, as the country waits to find out if it will be banned from the games for doping offenses. Wednesday's launch in an industrial-style venue called "Hope" came ahead of a crucial International Olympic Committee vote next week on whether to allow Russia to compete in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February. "We haven't had much good news recently, so I hope today's presentation will give Russian fans a little pleasure," Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov said. Prospective Winter Olympians were thin on the ground at the launch, while models displayed the uniforms. Some more formal uniforms — of a kind possibly suitable for an opening ceremony — were a subdued light gray, with details in Russian white, blue and
NBC Confirms Matt Lauer Fired Over 'Inappropriate Sexual Behavior' at Sochi Olympics

NBC Confirms Matt Lauer Fired Over 'Inappropriate Sexual Behavior' at Sochi Olympics

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NBC News has confirmed that the network’s abrupt firing of Today show star Matt Lauer on Wednesday is related to his alleged “inappropriate sexual behavior” with a fellow NBC employee that started at the 2014 Sochi Olympic games.According to the Associated Press, the behavior began during the Russian-hosted Olympics and continued after the assignment.In a memo to staff, NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said that the network received a complaint “from a colleague” about Lauer’s behavior on Monday night. It was the first ever complaint lodged against Lauer, said Lack, but given that the assertions represent “a clear violation of our company’s standards” and that NBC has reason to believe that it “may not have been an isolated incident,” the network moved swiftly to terminate the star anchor.